Meren’s Thousand-Eyed Army [Primer]

Commander / EDH Control_Train

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More Tweaking —Oct. 29, 2018


  • Beast Within - one of the best spot removal spells in the colors
  • Bojuka Bog - one of the best ways to clean out a graveyard
  • Bontu's Last Reckoning - a clean three mana sweeper
  • Dusk Legion Zealot - two mana can trip on a body; good sacrifice fodder
  • Glowspore Shaman - finally decided to add this as it comes down early, fills the graveyard a bit, and can help hit land drops if needed but is not a required mode of the card
  • Jadelight Ranger - this comes down early and can either find land drops or fill the graveyard; testing it but it may get cut
  • Memorial to Folly - colored source that can help recur answers to problematic threats without Meren in play
  • Reflecting Pool - colored, untapped land
  • Satyr Wayfinder - comes down early and finds a land while filling the graveyard
  • Temple of Malady - colored source, lets me scry
  • Traverse the Ulvenwald - a solid tutor effect
  • Volrath's Stronghold - how did I not play this before
  • Wall of Blossoms - a can trip on a body; good sacrifice fodder


    • Black Sun's Zenith - I'm sad to see this beautiful card get cut from my list, but I generally never have a ton of mana to pour into this, and Bontu's serves the same purpose better
    • Deserted Temple - untapping Cabal Coffers is not that useful to be on a colorless land
    • Dryad Arbor - god this card actually sucks and I hate it; sexy foil but I never want to see it
    • Glacial Chasm - I just don't need this anymore
    • Homeward Path - really not necessary in the deck because I can generally sacrifice Meren in response to someone trying to steal her
    • Karn Liberated - Karn is really nice, but I put him in here for the purpose of saying "I can deal with emblems by restarting the game" but he is essentially just a seven mana removal spell because he never survives a turn cycle and feels very bad in my hand at all times pretty much
    • Noxious Gearhulk - it's decent but it's slow and Ravenous Chupacabra is better
    • Riftsweeper - this is good for combating graveyard hate, but it's easier to play around hate than have a dead card
    • Skullmulcher - not as good as I thought; bad on an empty board and not supremely good on a full one
    • RIP Svogthos, the Restless Tomb - it's so bad, it has to be cut; but I want it to work so badly
    • Thief of Blood - it does what it does well, but I have enough planeswalker hate and creature +1/+1 strategies don't bother me because of Spore Frog
    • Woodfall Primus - this is really good but it's just too slow
    • Yahenni, Undying Partisan - he is the worst sacrifice outlet and while redundancy is good, flooding on sac outlets isn't great

Teeracer says... #1

for real i am confused why people choose Blood Artist over Zulaport Cutthroat. is it because it has more life-gain potential through draining each person individually? Is it because Artist can target self? Don't they garner retaliation from one opponent but zulport is neutral. plz help. is plus 1 attack and no targeting and deal more damage not strictly better?

September 23, 2018 10:07 p.m.

Control_Train says... #2

@Teeracer - yes, Cutthroat is strictly better 99% of the time because you’re draining each opponent for one life per death rather than one opponent for one life per death

Also slightly confused on where this question came from as I’m not running either creature

September 23, 2018 11:38 p.m.

Teeracer says... #3

Control_Train yeah sorry I’ve just been spamming it on meren decks because I don’t understand the forum system....

September 24, 2018 12:06 p.m.

Control_Train says... #4

It’s all good man I’m happy to help and answer questions anytime. The difference in power isn’t really that relevant in EDH but the extra damage is. You can kill a whole table with the same amount of triggers as it would take you to kill just one opponent using Cutthroat vs Blood Artist

September 24, 2018 1:49 p.m.